Information about and pictures of the most common skin cancers and other skin conditions seen at Spot Check Skin Cancer Clinic.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer, especially in fair-skinned older people. It usually grows on sun-exposed parts of the body without causing serious medical problems, but it can spread to other parts of the body in 4 per cent of cases.  Each year in Australia, over 600 people die from SCC.  If diagnosed early, squamous cell carcinoma is easily treated.

Basal cell carcinoma affects approximately 50 per cent of Australians.1  It tends to grow slowly and almost always remains confined to one location.

Melanoma in situ is the most common and least serious form of melanoma. It is usually easily treated by surgical removal. Long term survival approaches 100 per cent
Solar keratoses, also known as “sun spots” or actinic keratoses, are a type of skin damage caused by long term sun exposure. They affect 40-50 per cent of white Australians aged 40 or over. A small number of solar keratoses develop into skin cancer.